VU experts being interviewed.

How do you cope with OCD in self-isolation, create a nutritious pandemic pantry, stay fit, and most importantly, remain healthy and socially connected? Victoria University’s academics and researchers are media trained and available for interview.

Fighting fit

Immunologist Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships) on working on a COVID-19 vaccine, ways to boost our immune system, the best foods to eat to help ward off illness, and the benefits of taking probiotics.

COVID-19 and chronic disease

Professor Rosemary Calder (Mitchell Institute) on the impact of chronic illness, physical exercise, alcohol, and fruit and vegetable prices during the COVID-19 crisis. With one in two Australians suffering from a chronic illness, many of whom are high risk candidates for infection, how will our health system respond? Have we missed an opportunity to thoroughly address the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers?

Communication breakdown

Staying informed is important, but what happens when we consume too much news? Clinical psychologist Dr Glen Hosking on how to manage relentless news cycles, the impact of self-isolation on families, and how to manage close-quarter conditions without your relationship breaking down.

Avoiding COVID-19 calories

With so many Australians working from their dining room tables, and in close proximity to the kitchen, Associate Professor Itamar Levinger (Institute for Health and Sport) on how exercising for 10 to 15 minutes a day can help avoid weight gain and why older Australians with existing chronic diseases should find time to move.

TV trends

Watched Tiger King yet? With more people streaming content than ever before, Dr Marc C-Scott on why Netflix have been asked to reduce the quality of video available to subscribers and how a new adapter allows friends located around the world to watch TV together.

Sporting chance

Professor Hans Westerbeek (International Sport Business) on the sustainability of minor league sports, business model overhauls, and the growth of a new industry – virtual sports.

Clean sleep

Professor Alex Parker (Institute for Health and Sport) on sleep hygiene tips, surviving quarantine by staying physically active, starting a good mental health practice, establishing work/life boundaries, and why now is the right time to ramp up your mental self-care regime.

Pandemic pantry

Kris Vingrys on planning healthy meals using limited ingredients, how to select healthy options (especially with so many ingredients in short supply), easy recipes for new cooks and why stress-baking bread may not be the best decision for your long-term health.

Dollar damage

Professor Glyn Wittwer (Centre of Policy Studies) on the twin impacts of the recent bushfires and COVID-19 on the Australian economy, the loss of international tourism, and what the economic future might look like if we fail to flatten the curve.

Pandemic panic

Clinical psychologist Dr Glen Hosking on how COVID-19 is impacting people suffering from OCD and hoarding tendencies. How do you support people with these conditions? What should you do if someone in your household starts to display OCD tendencies? What are the links between OCD and panic-buying?

Mind over matter

Dr Michaela Pascoe (Institute for Health and Sport) on the health benefits of meditation, why puzzles and games are more than just a distraction, how yoga can improve your mental health and why it’s critical for everyone in self-isolation to stay socially connected.

Game changer

Dr Richard Baka (College of Sport and Exercise Science), on the advantages and disadvantages of delaying the Tokyo Olympics, sporting cancellations throughout recent history, and how COVID-19 has impacted the roles of the Australian Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee.


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